Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Colorado leads 1-0 (as of 5/7)

Game 1: Monday, May 7
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Game 2: Tuesday, May 8
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Game 3: Wednesday, May 9
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Rockies 3

(14-18, 8-11 away)

Cardinals 2

(12-18, 5-11 home)

    8:10 PM ET, May 7, 2007

    Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri 

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    W: Z. McClellan (1-0)

    L: B. Falkenborg (0-1)

    S: B. Fuentes (8)

    Helton homers as Rockies top Cards in three-game opener

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Brad Hawpe walked with the bases loaded in the ninth to break a tie and give the Rockies a win against the Cardinals.

    Todd Helton
    Helton

    • Hero: Todd Helton homered to right field to put the Rockies on the board in the second inning.

    • Figure this: The Cards' Anthony Reyes has lost each of his first five starts of the season. Only three other pitchers lost each of their first five starts of the season while pitching for the defending World Series champions.

    • Did you see that? Rockies manager Clint Hurdle was ejected for arguing with second base umpire Bob Davidson after Troy Tulowitzki's one-out drive off the top of the wall in left center was ruled a double.

    • Quotable: "You'd like to think in the 21st century somehow we could do something just to get the call right. The ball, the fans, the way the outfielders reacted, there was just too much that smelled like a home run for it not to be a home run." -- Hurdle on the umpires' ruling

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Rockies 3, Cardinals 2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Brad Hawpe didn't have to swing the bat to provide the spark the Colorado Rockies needed.

    Hawpe drew a full-count walk with the bases loaded in the ninth inning for the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. On Saturday, his two-run single in the sixth was the go-ahead hit at Cincinnati.

    This time he didn't chase any of Tyler Johnson's sliders.

    "I guess they were too good," Hawpe said. "I was up there trying to hit the ball and I couldn't reach it."

    Todd Helton homered for the Rockies, who have won three of four after taking the opener of a three-game series. Colorado was 1-5 at Busch Stadium last year.

    Ryan Ludwick and Jim Edmonds each drove in a run for the Cardinals, who have lost seven of nine and are 5-11 at home. St. Louis is 2-2 during a six-game homestand, scoring in only three innings, and scored fewer than three runs for the 16th time in their first 30 games.

    "I don't know what to say," said Edmonds, who was 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 20 at-bats. "At times we're taking good at-bats and we're hitting balls right at people.

    "Then other times, we're not having good at bats and when you're scuffling that's the way it goes. It's timing."

    Troy Tulowitzki had to wait to score the go-ahead run after umpires ruled that his one-out drive off the top of the wall in left center was a double and not a home run. Manager Clint Hurdle drew his first ejection of the season for arguing the call with second base umpire Bob Davidson.

    "It's tough to swallow," Hurdle said. "You'd like to think in the 21st century somehow we could do something just to get the call right. The ball, the fans, the way the outfielders reacted, there was just too much that smelled like a home run for it not to be a home run."

    Replays were inconclusive on Tulowitzki's shot off Brian Falkenborg (0-1), but appeared to show the ball striking the base of a metal railing just above the top of the wall and beyond a section of shrubbery. Three more walks, including an intentional pass to Garrett Atkins by Johnson to load the bases, produced the run.

    Johnson fell behind 3-1 in the count to Hawpe, got a called strike and then was well outside on ball four.

    "I didn't come through like I should have," Johnson said. "It's a good strategy, a lefty coming up. I have to go get him, that's my job."

    Zach McClellan (1-0) had two strikeouts in a perfect eighth and Brian Fuentes got the last three outs for his eighth save in nine chances.

    Cardinals starter Anthony Reyes, who lost his first five starts, had his best outing of the year. Reyes, who won the World Series opener last fall, allowed two runs and three hits in six innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

    Jeff Francis, who had lost a career-worst four straight starts with a 7.99 ERA, also had a strong outing for Colorado. Francis allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.

    The Rockies were aided by three unconventional double plays, one on runner's interference, one on a poor bunt and a lineout to right after starting the runner off first.

    Helton hit his third homer leading off the second and Tulowitzki's two-out RBI double in the third made it 2-0. Helton batted .189 with no RBIs in 37 at-bats against the Cardinals last season.

    The Cardinals took advantage of Francis' control problems to load the bases in the fourth on two walks and a single. Ludwick singled up the middle with a liner that barely missed Ludwick for one run and Edmonds' liner deflected off Francis' left side to second baseman Omar Quintanilla, who threw to first just in time for a run-scoring groundout that tied it at 2.

    Game notes


    Cardinals OF Juan Encarnacion was 6-for-41 (.146) with two RBIs during a rehab stint at Double-A Springfield. ... Jeff Baker, who struck out as a pinch hitter to end the Rockies' seventh, is in a 1-for-30 slump. ... The Cardinals have used 27 lineups in the first 30 games. ... McClellan, who earned his first major league victory, has 13 strikeouts in 11 innings overall.

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